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Seoul citizens grow taller, heavier

In the span of seven decades since liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, citizens in South Korea’s capital have gone through prominent physical changes, while the main causes of death have also bec...

Updated : 2015.08.04 18:22

Heat stroke cases surge in Korea

The number of sunstroke patients surged last week, with seven deaths reported so far, as a heat wave continues to grip the peninsula, officials said Tuesday. According to the Korean Centers for Diseas...

Updated : 2015.08.04 17:39

Chinese consortium picked for ferry recovery

A consortium led by a Chinese firm was named the successful bidder to recover the South Korean ferry that sank last year, along with the remains of people still missing from the tragic accident, on Tuesday.An official contract was signed between the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the...

Updated : 2015.08.04 14:37

Antitrust watchdog fines 17 builders for bid rigging

South Korea's antitrust watchdog slapped a combined 32.9 billion won ($28.1 million) fine on 17 local builders Tuesday for rigging bids for large public infrastructure projects.According to the Fair Trade Commission, the companies worked together to fix costs on five projects that prevente...

Updated : 2015.08.04 12:02

Gov't decides to designate temporary holiday for liberation celebrations

The government decided to designate the day before next week's National Liberation Day as a temporary holiday, an official said Tuesday, in the latest efforts to boost domestic consumption hit hard by the MERS outbreak.The move comes as South Korea is trying to drum up a festive mood for L...

Updated : 2015.08.04 11:25

S. Korea reports no additional MERS cases for 30th

South Korea reported no additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome for the 30th consecutive day on Tuesday, with the number of people diagnosed with the disease remaining flat at 186.The country's death toll from the disease also remained fixed at 36 as the country reported no ad...

Updated : 2015.08.04 10:33

Only 20 percent of Korean kindergartens offer early morning programs

Only about 20 percent of Korea’s kindergartens offer early morning programs, leaving working parents with limited income the sole option of sending their children to day care centers instead, a stud...

Updated : 2015.08.03 18:50

Korea tops ratio of underpaid workers in major economies

About 1 in 7 workers in South Korea is paid the legal minimum wage or less, the highest rate among OECD member countries, a recent study showed.  According to the annual employment outlook by the Org...

Updated : 2015.08.03 18:36

English-language patent court to be launched

Patent lawsuits will be allowed in English in Korea as part of the top court’s efforts to better support the legal accessibility of foreigners, sources said Monday. According to the Supreme Court, the authorities agreed to establish an “international justice department” under the Patent...

Updated : 2015.08.03 17:07

Average height of male Seoulites grew 10 cm in half century

The average height of male Seoul citizens grew by more than 10 centimeters over the past five decades, a study showed Monday. The average height for men living in Seoul reached 173.9 centimeters in 2013, up 10.2 cm from 163.7 cm in 1965, according to data released by the Seoul Institute. T...

Updated : 2015.08.03 17:03

Former police chief summoned over alleged bribery

A former police chief was summoned by the prosecution on Monday for questioning over allegedly accepting bribes.Cho Hyun-oh, the ex-commissioner of the National Police Agency, is suspected of receiving 50 million won ($43,000) from an owner of a local construction firm, only identified by ...

Updated : 2015.08.03 13:33

Activist indicted on defamation charges against Park

Prosecutors said Monday that they have indicted a South Korean activist on charges of defaming President Park Geun-hye over her whereabouts on the day of last year's deadly ferry disaster.Park Rae-gun, an activist who helped organize rallies on the Sewol ferry sinking, was charged with lib...

Updated : 2015.08.03 12:01

Cabinet to discuss designating temporary holiday for liberation celebrations

President Park Geun-hye and her Cabinet members plan to discuss designating the day before next week's National Liberation Day as a temporary holiday, an official said Monday, in an apparent move to boost the spirits of South Koreans.Liberation Day, which falls on Aug. 15, is a major holid...

Updated : 2015.08.03 09:40

AmorePacific under probe for alleged unfair trade

State prosecutors have launched an investigation into South Korea's top cosmetics maker AmorePacific Corp. for its alleged unfair trade practices, industry and official sources said Monday.The move comes after the Fair Trade Commission last year accused AmorePacific of unilaterally realloc...

Updated : 2015.08.03 09:39

Gov't likely to designate temporary holiday for liberation celebrations

The government is moving to designate the day before National Liberation Day next week as a temporary holiday in a bid to spur patriotism, a government official said Sunday.   This year's 70th anniversary of Korea's Aug. 15 independence from Japan falls on a Saturday with the government ...

Updated : 2015.08.02 18:02